One thing is worth noting. Coyne’s complaint is that the government is funding “accommodationism” because one page on the award-winning and widely loved Understanding Evolution website addresses misconceptions about evolution, including the idea that evolution is at odds with religious belief.
Coyne is hardly the first person to think that this somehow gets the government in trouble (“funding theology” is his phrase). In 2003, creationist Larry Caldwell filed a suit on behalf of his wife, suing the NSF (for funding the website) and professors at the University of California (which runs the website). The couple alleged that the website “offended” them and caused further harm by making them feel like an “outsider.” They claimed that the website’s discussion of religious views on evolution violated the First Amendment by not discussing religious groups who set themselves at odds with evolution.
A state judge and a federal judge dismissed the suit with prejudice, saying that the Caldwells had not been harmed in a way that merited the courts’ time. If Jerry Coyne can’t be arsed to read his own blog, let alone to familiarize himself with the history of the issue he’s opining on, we can make the same judgment.